Updating a traditional piece.
Even if you paint traditionally, digital can be your friend-
...a friend that can save you tons of time. And with that 10,000 hour rule looming over our heads, we need every break we can get.
This piece started out as a simple study. After it was finished I couldn't help but think how fun it would be and more dynamic if my drummer was performing and the other toys reacting to the music. Rather than repainting the whole thing, I decided to experiment with just changing parts of the painting. In watercolor this would have been nearly impossible before digital tools. I am one of those 'old school' traditional types. But I don't have to give that up to take advantage of the digital opportunities. It's just another tool.
|Here is the before and the 'repainted' modified images. I only had to repaint the things I wanted to change. This saved me from having to redo the whole painting.|
|First, I traced the original watercolor and then modified the characters (keeping them to scale),|
scanned the image and printed it out on my watercolor paper.
|Once I had my image I made note to the original pallet and painted traditionally glazing and building the colors.|
|You can see the phantom soldier arm and foot. These will be layered onto the digital image|
altering the original watercolor image.
|Here is the finished "revised" illustration. I scanned and used Photoshop to all a new layer and merge the two images.|
|Here is the finished image.|
(but I see in this pic, his foot is still a little transparent.... I will have to check on that.)